Daylight – Design|Deformation parameter [Computational design]

The architectonic qualities of our built environment, throughout history, have been a direct consequence of our ability to “compute”. These “computational constraints” do not suggest an inability to handle complex mathematics (calculation). However, on the contrary, they indicate an inability to iterate beyond a certain stage (time), the complex outcome, seemingly arising from a possibly uncomplicated relationship defined between uncomplicated elements.

This project is an attempt to generate, and describe geometric objects in computational terms. The point of departure would be a set of “simple” constraints to generate the basic geometry and then a more “complex” constraint (daylight in this case) to manipulate and affect the base geometry.

Geometric constraints:
Span a canopy between a 4 sided polygon on the outside and a circle on the inside (similar to the ‘British Museum great court roof’).

External constraints:
Deform the geometry of the canopy in an attempt to either “cut-off” or “let-in” maximum daylight for a specific range of hours specified for any particular day in a year.

Advisor: Panagiotis Michalatos Course: Computational design – Numerical descriptions as design tools (Fall 2010, GSD, Harvard).


~ by Karthik Dondeti on June 4, 2011.

9 Responses to “Daylight – Design|Deformation parameter [Computational design]”

  1. Karthik,

    Congratulations for your work!
    I am trying to do something similar to apply it to my Masters project.
    Could you please send me the definition to my e-mail to understand the process?

    Thanks very much.


  2. Hello there,

    Thank you for your feedback.
    Can you give me more detail about your project? I can help you better then, the definition i have in its current format is not self-explanatory. Do email me at


  3. oooooo… project!!!

  4. Hi Karthik,

    I am doing a thesis project related to solar studies and I was wondering if you can share your work with me too.

  5. Hello there,

    Do email me at and I might be able to help you.


  6. This is awesome! Can do so much with it. What are you using to compute the daylighting aspect of it?

  7. mampir di sini bro,
    kunjungi balik article-blogging

  8. Cool dude……it’s a awesome work.

  9. Cool dude……it’s a awesome work.

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